Unstoppable Forces and Immovable Objects - Old School Is Cool!
By Vincent Ferrari
I was at a local school watching a house show for a local promotion. The year was probably 1992 or 1993 and it was an interesting card with some well-known guys (Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine) and a few other lesser known guys. I was consuming any wrestling I could. I would even turn on Telemundo and watch the luchadores when I could, so seeing some stars I actually knew in a small venue was a big deal for me. Before the event, I got to meet Mick Foley and he even signed an autograph for me. ”To Vinny. Hello! Bang Bang! Cactus Jack.” I wish I still had that.
Anyway, one of the matches involved a jobber that anyone who watched WWF wrestling on Saturday and Sunday in the late eighties knew. His name was Chris Duffy. He was one of the most arrogant jerks in the history of the ring and had none of the ring cred to back it up which made him all the more infuriating.
After each match, at the school, we would rush over to the door to high five the guys as they made their way out. Valentine and Orndorff would even stop and sign autographs and chat with fans. They were super nice guys that everyone took to. In fact Orndorff thanked a bunch of us for making him feel like he wasn’t forgotten. But Chris Duffy? Oh man, was he a jerk. He had just gotten the crap beaten out of him by a bald guy built like a blast shelter and it was not even a fight. He was limping out of the ring holding his Boston Bruins jersey (which he wore to antagonize us in Brooklyn) and as the crowd laughed and made fun of the squash they had just witnessed, Duffy looked at me, saw my Rangers hat and tee shirt, and said “And the Rangers suck too!” It turned my stomach. I wanted to get in the ring with him at that point. Mind you, I was a cocky 16 year old kid and my answer to his remark was inappropriate even at my current age of 37, but at that point, I hit the souvenir stand and bought a glossy of him, brought it home, attached it to a piece of corkboard, and boom. New dartboard.